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On Friday, there are a handful of games on the basketball television schedule that we have circled that should be good ones. Check out our NBA picks for Friday!

NBA Matchup: Dallas Mavericks @ Philadelphia 76ers
Date: Friday, February 17th, 8:00 ET
Location: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
NBA Betting Odds: Philadelphia -3
NBA TV Schedule: ESPN

The 76ers have done well over the course of this tough stretch of the season. They clearly aren’t the best team in the league, but they are getting the job done at times and have proven that they can stick around when they have to. Dallas is playing well on the road at 17-6-1 ATS in its last 24 road games, but we don’t think that it is going to make a difference in this one on Friday. The Sixers would love nothing more than to be able to top the champs in a nationally televised game and continue to put the clamps on the rest of the Atlantic Division. With all of the guards that Dallas is missing (Jason Terry, Rodrique Beaubois, and Delonte West), this task is just too tough.

NBA Pick: Philadelphia -3

NBA Matchup: Phoenix Suns @ Los Angeles Lakers
Date: Friday, February 17th, 10:30 ET
Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
NBA Betting Odds: Los Angeles -8.5
NBA TV Schedule: ESPN

To say that we don’t trust the Lakers is a tremendous understatement. We just don’t love the way that this team is playing ball right now, and it is clear that when Kobe Bryant isn’t on the top of his game, the offense just isn’t good enough to win. Phoenix is a stingy team, and it rarely gives up on a game. This is the first of two meetings between these two squads in a row, and we expect to see the Suns give it their all to at least send a message to the Lakers that they indeed can compete and will be in for a war when the two teams meet this weekend in the desert.

NBA Pick: Phoenix +8.5

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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